Project Discovery

Come with us on a journey as The Neil Sachse Centre (NSC) together with the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) research advanced imaging of the spine to revolutionise the diagnosis and prognosis of spinal cord injury and other spinal pathologies.

The Project

The project will study imaging of the spine using positron emission tomography (PET). PET is an imaging technique that produces three-dimensional images by detecting gamma rays emitted by radiopharmaceuticals. The new cyclotron at SAHMRI gives local researchers the ability to source a range of radiopharmaceuticals previously not available.

New PET imaging techniques for the spine are expected to revolutionise the diagnosis and prognosis of spinal cord injury and other spinal pathologies by:

1. Providing a more accurate diagnosis at the time of injury to assist treatment decisions.

2. Providing a more accurate prognosis for the injury so patient expectations can be better identified.

3. Measuring functional response to treatment and identifying preferred treatments.

4. Measuring functional changes in the spinal cord over time.

5. Providing imaging services for clinical trials to see if a treatment has produced functional nerve growth or if any denigration has been caused.

Identifying differences in outcomes when transferring treatments would help fast track future development of any such research.

At present, assessment of spinal cord injury has never changed and relies on various archaic methods to assess the return of motor or sensory function which in most circumstances are imprecise and inaccurate.

Please consider the ways you can assist us in funding more research that would otherwise likely go unfunded.

Come with us on a journey; any contribution you can make is a real investment in hope.